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Other Adventure Definition

[n] a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
[v] take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
[v] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Misc. Definitions

\Ad*ven"ture\ (?; 135), n. [OE. aventure, aunter, anter, F. aventure, fr. LL. adventura, fr. L. advenire, adventum, to arrive, which in the Romance languages took the sense of ``to happen, befall.'' See Advene.]
1. That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss. Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she must, at all adventures, be fastened upon him individually. --Milton.
2. Risk; danger; peril. [Obs.] He was in great adventure of his life. --Berners.
3. The encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat. He loved excitement and adventure. --Macaulay.
4. A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life. --Bacon.
5. A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account. {A bill of adventure} (Com.), a writing setting forth that the goods shipped are at the owner's risk. Syn: Undertaking; enterprise; venture; event.
\Ad*ven"ture\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Adventured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Adventuring}.] [OE. aventuren, auntren, F. aventurer, fr. aventure. See {Adventure}, n.]
1. To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture. He would not adventure himself into the theater. --Acts xix. 3
2. To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare. Yet they adventured to go back. --Bunyan, Discriminations might be adventured. --J. Taylor.
\Ad*ven"ture\, v. i. To try the chance; to take the risk. I would adventure for such merchandise. --Shak.

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